Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Joking, humorous remarks or behaviour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Jesting; merriment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being jocular; merriment; jesting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. activity characterized by good humor
  • n. fun characterized by humor
  • n. a feeling facetious merriment

Etymologies

jocular +‎ -ity (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Like Bush, his jocularity is a thin veil over a white hot temper, easily engaged when his will or knowledge is questioned.

    McCain: I Can Demagogue About Iran Because Public Is Ignorant

  • Among a giddy and light-minded people, they have appropriated to themselves the post of honour of pedantry: they confound the levity of jocularity, which is quite compatible with profundity in art, with the levity of shallowness, which (as a natural gift or natural defect,) is so frequent among their countrymen.

    Lectures on Dramatic Art and Literature

  • I can't help but think they thought they were being funny or clever alas they missed the mark but look at what such "jocularity" inspires in others!

    delagar

  • But it did seem to me at a time when there's some very sober news around the world, especially in the Middle East, this kind of jocularity and sort of towel snapping with reporters did seem odd.

    CNN Transcript Aug 21, 2006

  • Over the barton-gate the dairyman saw them, and came forward, throwing into his face the kind of jocularity deemed appropriate in Talbothays and its vicinity on the re-appearance of the newly-married.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • (There is an ogreish kind of jocularity in Grandfather Smallweed to-day.) "And you can refuse, you mean, eh?

    Bleak House

  • (There is an ogreish kind of jocularity in Grandfather

    Bleak House

  • Enough jocularity, or what passes for it from a Wall Street Journal scrivener.

    Waking Up to Greece's Default Position

  • Thin reasoning perhaps, but the bassoon and double bass duet in the "Menuet" has an earthy Balkan jocularity and the whole work is vigorously charming.

    Brad Hill: Salonen Brings Hungarian Echoes to the NY Philharmonic

  • The games, developed over an age, had become the only safe means by which to train the keepers - in space, and out from under the watchful eye of the Dominion, who kept jocularity at bay and had long ago stricken such verboten vocabulary from the language.

    High Jinks

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